Substance Abuse

The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.

Substance Abuse FAQs

Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.

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Announcements

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Call for Applicants for Trauma-Informed Trainings

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is now accepting applications for its on-site training, “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses.”

Webinars

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Publications

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Collaborative for Change Resource Package

This resource package from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change provides information on the prevalence, identification, and treatment of co-occurring disorders among youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

Leading Change: 2.0

Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation Report

The report, “Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015–2018” provides the agency’s strategic plan for increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, expanding prevention efforts, promoting emotional health and wellness, increasing access to effective treatment, and supporting recovery.

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Tip 59: Improving Cultural Competence

This guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides tips for professional care providers and administrators in understanding the role of culture in the delivery of substance use and mental health services.

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The Statistical Analysis Center Publication Digest

This resource hub from the Justice Research and Statistics Association contains the abstracts of reports produced by state Statistical Analysis Centers beginning in 2004, with links to full reports.

Recent headlines

Prisons Submit Plan for Treating Mentally Ill

The Illinois prison system will add four mental-health treatment units and 350 clinical-staff employees to improve circumstances for inmates who are mentally ill, according to a plan made in response to a federal lawsuit.

Loretta Lynch is Obama Choice for AG

WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate veteran New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

A.C.L.U. in $50 Million Push To Reduce Jail Sentences

With a $50 million foundation grant, the largest in its history, the American Civil Liberties Union plans to mount an eight-year political campaign across the country to make a change of criminal justice policies a key issue in local, state and national elections.